Jade congratulate Abu Dhabi Ports on 10th Anniversary

Jade Logistics is proud to work alongside Abu Dhabi Ports and congratulate them on their 10th Anniversary.

Jade’s terminal operating system, Master Terminal was selected by Abu Dhabi Ports in 2014 to manage operations at seven terminals as the port embarked on an ambitious program to optimize productivity across their ports.

Learn more in Abu Dhabi Ports’ press release.

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World Cargo News talk to Jade’s Kaustubh Dalvi about the recent installation of Master Terminal at Abu Dhabi Ports

Jade Logistics has successfully gone live with its terminal operating system (TOS), Master Terminal, at three of seven sites for Abu Dhabi Ports  (ADP).

ADP is replacing legacy systems with Master Terminal for its mixed cargo operations. The first site to go live was Zayed port in July, after a six-month implementation phase. It was followed by Khalifa (1 August) and Musaffah (6 September). The remaining four terminals are expected to go live in 2016.

Speaking with World Cargo News, Jade’s director of business development, Captain Kaustubh Dalvi, said the changeover to JMT is a comprehensive undertaking, with Jade installing a new server family within ADP’s existing infrastructure.

Dalvi said a common challenge at general cargo terminals is the lack of standardisation of data that can be exchanged electronically. “This limits the port community to take full advantage of the pre-advising and pre-planning functionality, which is available in our TOS,” he said. However, ADP is a forward-thinking organisation in this respect, and will use EDI for general cargo, which is something not all terminals in the general cargo business do. Port agents were trained to supply manifests, load and discharge information in standardised format. “As a result, cargo is now electronically declared 24 hours in advance of arrival using EDI,” said Dalvi.

The ADP project includes a suite of Master Terminal mobile applications and a web portal. The portal will allow stakeholders to access information using cargo queries and self-service reporting, and/or register pre-notifications, truck appointments request for services, etc.

Master Terminal has a multi-terminal architecture, and all the terminals will be hosted at a single physical location. The transition to Jade will be managed by running the new software in parallel with legacy systems at each terminal’s go-live. “We typically commence the parallel run a couple of weeks prior to the actual go-live, to minimise downtime and potential disruption,” said Dalvi. He also emphasised the importance of ADP’s project team and super users in ensuring a successful go-live, particularly in avoiding bottlenecks, as the team brings seven terminals live with the new TOS. The remaining four facilities are expected to go live in 2016.

Innovation underpins growth at Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Port

Introduction of Master Terminal TOS has assisted with a 36.8% increase in volumes handled in the first half of this year.

Through continuous commitment to innovation, Abu Dhabi Ports has grown exponentially in trade volumes – with H1 of 2015 already posting significant growth in cargo volumes on H1, 2014. The Khalifa Port Container Terminal, which is operated by Abu Dhabi Terminals, has seen a 36.8% increase in volumes handled in the first half of this year. The number of TEU has increased year-on-year from 460,277 in H1 of 2014 to 629,941 in the same period in 2015.

Master Terminal has enabled real-time management and control of all aspects of general cargo operations, including bulk, break bulk, Roll-On/Roll-Off (RORO) and project cargo which have also seen a considerable increase in volumes.

Read the full Port Technology article.

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Record roll-out of Master Terminal TOS at Abu Dhabi Ports

Jade has recently implemented three of seven all-new Master Terminal terminal operating systems for Abu Dhabi Ports. Zayed Port went live first on July 1 after a six month implementation phase, a record for a general cargo terminal of its size.

The configuration and training delivered at Zayed Port laid the foundation for the speedy delivery of the next two projects; Khalifa Port going live on August 1 and Musaffah Port following soon after on September 16, 2015.

Read the full article on the Port Technology website: Jade Brings ‘Master Terminal’ to Abu Dhabi ​

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Master Terminal helps Abu Dhabi Ports increase cargo volumes by 19% in just 9 months

Abu Dhabi Ports – the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the emirate ― handled 19 per cent more general and bulk cargo in the first nine months of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014.

The volumes increased to 11.28 million tonnes in the first three quarters of 2015 from 9.49 million tonnes in the same period last year.

Implementation of new technologies like Jade Logistics’ terminal operating system Master Terminal as part of an ongoing upgrade have helped Abu Dhabi Ports optimize its productivity across the ports.

View the full Emirates 24/7 article.
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Abu Dhabi Ports announce first Master Terminal implementation

Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the Emirate, selected Jade Master Terminal for seven ports earlier this year. This week marks the first implementation, successfully completed at Zayed Port.

Gary Lemke, Executive Vice President of Ports at Abu Dhabi Ports, calls this “a significant milestone”, and says that Master Terminal is “driving greater efficiencies in cargo handling, and shaping and driving our investment plans, helping Abu Dhabi Ports to achieve its goal of becoming the leading general cargo port operator in the region.” Jade Logistics is set to bring added value to all of Abu Dhabi Ports’ customers and their business – with productivity gains of 15-20 per cent – as the company transitions into the next-generation of trade, making its ports the ports of choice across the Middle East.

With six implementations to go – Khalifa Port will be next – we’re looking forward to continuing the transformation at Abu Dhabi Ports.

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“Carving a role for the multi-cargo TOS”: World Cargo News

The break-bulk sector is a growing area of opportunity for suppliers with the right applications. Capt. Kaustubh Dalvi talks to WCN about how Jade’s focus to service this market is leading to increased business.

While today even the smallest container terminal with a single customer needs a TOS to meet the basic needs of a shipping line, the break-bulk sector is less well developed. Paper systems, spreadsheets and in-house database systems are still very common. There are signs this is changing, and relatively rapidly.

Jade software won contracts to implement its Master Terminal at 29 terminals around the world last year, all of which were mixed container/break-bulk facilities. Earlier this year, it announced a contract to install its Master Terminal TOS at seven multi-cargo terminals operated by Abu Dhabi Ports Company, continuing that momentum. The company also has dedicated container terminal customers, but its growth is overwhelmingly coming in the break-bulk/multi-cargo terminal sector.

Jade Logistics’ President of Global Sales,  Captain Kaustubh Dalvi, notes that consolidation in the industry is a factor helping Jade’s increased business level. For a long time, the port industry has been focused on chasing container opportunities, but as the industry matures “ports and terminal operators are also willing to diversify their service offering and/or venture into markets such as break-bulk”, he said. “I personally believe the break-bulk market, which has been under serviced in the past, has started receiving the attention it deserves.” Jade’s “rich experience and history” in the market means it is well positioned to help terminals leverage these opportunities.

The company has responded to the market by investing heavily in additional staff and offices to serve its growing customer base. Jade’s Logistics business drove a 56% growth in revenue in 2014. Despite this, Jade made a very small loss of NZ$1.1M (US$795,000) as it invested in new markets in the Middle East and the US. In announcing the company’s annual result, managing director David Lindsay said it had no plans to slow down investment, and it is aiming for a 10% increase in staff this year, with a lot of that being for new offices in Jakarta and Rotterdam.

Fit for duty

Meeting the needs of the very diverse break-bulk sector with an off-the-shelf application is challenging. Not only are there differences in operational processes, but there is a great deal more variety in the cargo itself. In many cases systems adapted from container terminal TOS do not meet the need to track and manage cargo through a break-bulk handling process.

Dalvi attributed Jade’s recent run of success with Master Terminal primarily to the system being designed, from inception, to handle these types of terminals. The software evolved out of ports that could not just rely on the container business, but at the same time understood the need to leverage IT to make all of their operations more efficient and customer focused.

Jade points out that, from an IT perspective, breakbulk operations have different requirements, based around how the cargo flows through the facility.

Disparate units

In particular, the cargo is often not neatly organised in a single unit like a container. Scrap metal, for example, can arrive on a truck carrying material with different grades, ownership and destination, all of which have to be sorted and tracked differently. Grain, meanwhile, could arrive in bulk, but leave in a combination of bags and ‘traditional’ dry bulk. Master Terminal can manage these challenges with a minimum of customisation, allowing terminals to deliver benefits to their customers through processes like EDI.

Getting them to this stage, however, is a real challenge. Most of the new clients Jade comes across are still using paper-based systems, and need help implementing basic tools like EDI to meet the needs of their customers and the wider supply chain. Other more IT mature terminals are looking to leverage process automation and mobile technologies to “achieve further process excellence, as well as extend transparency across the major stakeholders in the supply chain”, said Dalvi.

Read the full article.

Source: WorldCargo News
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New Abu Dhabi win marks successful year for Jade Logistics

Abu Dhabi Ports chooses Master Terminal for seven terminals, adding to a record-setting 2014 for Master Terminal.

Christchurch, 23 January 2015 – Jade Logistics capped off a successful 2014 with a seven terminal sale of its Master Terminal port management software to Abu Dhabi Ports Company, further enhancing Jade’s reputation as the mixed cargo terminal operating system of choice in the Gulf region.

The sale ends a year of substantial multi-terminal deals in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, including a record-breaking third quarter, and brings the total number of new marine terminal wins for 2014 to 29.

Abu Dhabi Ports will use Master Terminal to manage all aspects of its general cargo operations, including bulk, break bulk, project and roll-on/roll-off (RORO) cargo.

Jade’s Managing Director David Lindsay says “We are excited to have formed this new relationship with Abu Dhabi Ports and look forward to working closely with them to not only achieve their operational goals, but also to support their growth aspirations for the future.”

The first two ports to be implemented are Zayed Port, located in the north-eastern area of Abu Dhabi city, and Khalifa Port, a deep water port midway between the cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Both of these ports play a key role in the import and export of goods in and around the United Arab Emirates (UAE), handling approximately 20 million tonnes of cargo per annum.

Gary Lemke, Executive Vice President Ports Unit, Abu Dhabi Ports says the port operator is committed to continual investment in order to stay competitive in the 21st century, and the partnership with Jade to replace their existing software will play a key role in this.

“We selected Jade after a comprehensive technical and commercial evaluation process. Master Terminal was the best overall product and we look forward to a successful project. Jade also brings a wealth of experience in general cargo terminals and this knowledge is crucial to us as we transform our business to be the leading general cargo port operator in the region.”

Lindsay adds: “This latest success further emphasises our commitment to the UAE region and to building long term relationships with our customers. It also cements Jade’s position as the fastest growing terminal operating system (TOS) provider in the mixed cargo market.”

Master Terminal will replace ADPC’s legacy general cargo system. Implementation of both the Zayed and Khalifa Ports will commence early 2015.